New York Cops Announce Dubious Precrime Plan to Find Mass Shooters on the Internet
December 22, 2012
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has unveiled a precrime plan to find mass shooters before they strike.
“The techniques would include cyber-searches of language that mass-casualty shooters have used in e-mails and Internet postings,” Kelly said in a statement, according to the New York Times. “The goal would be to identify the shooter in cyberspace, engage him there and intervene, possibly using an undercover to get close, and take him into custody or otherwise disrupt his plans.”
Paul. J. Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police, said tactics include creating an algorithm that would search online “for terms used by active shooters in the past that may be an indicator of future intentions.”
Kelly said the effort will resemble techniques used to find terrorists online. The new techniques, however, are designed to target “apolitical or deranged killers before they become active shooters,” he claimed.
“Active shooters can cause multiple deaths in seconds, regardless of police training or how deft the police response,” said Kelly. “For that reason, the N.Y.P.D. is examining ways, through intelligence, to try to identify potential active shooters before they strike.”